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The Rules

When you write in genre – especially Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror/Paranormal, it’s exciting because we get to create limitless worlds. The only limits are those in your own imagination, and you’re free to explore pretty much anything you want. As you build a world you need to keep something in mind – you’re creating a set of rules […]

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The Attack Point

Back in grad school we had discussions in every creative writing class about where to begin our stories. This is something that happens quite a bit, and I’ve seen writers at all levels have to deal with it. In this post I’ll offer my advice on how to get going. Our instructor called this the […]

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What Makes You An Artist

I should subtitle this post Writing Over the Holidays without Losing Your Marbles… I’m writing this in November, and I’m sure there are a number of you out there in readerland who are participating in NaNoWriMo this year. While I’m not in NaNoWriMo this year, it is a busy time of year for me and […]

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Getting Unstuck: Up the Conflict and Make a Decision

I’m deep in the throes of writing the second installment of the WITCH CITY series, WITCH CITY: VISIONARY. Being human – just like you, and yes, I mean you, I hit a plot point and got stuck. It took me a few days to find a way past this block and I think some of […]

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Being Honest With Yourself

As I’m writing this I’m hard at work on the second novel in the WITCH CITY series, WITCH CITY: VISIONARY. In this last writing cycle I reread some of the story from the previous couple sessions after setting it down for a couple weeks. (See The Cold Read for why this is important) When I […]

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What Really Matters

I see this a lot – a writer excitedly gets started on a story – and then they stress out about something. It’s usually one element – maybe a style; maybe a character; maybe a scene. They get so focused on this element they have a difficult time moving forward. What may have started as […]

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Just A Little Longer

This morning I listened to an I Should Be Writing podcast this morning (I’ll admit I’ve been off the podcast wagon for a bit). I’ve been in a bit of a creative rut, and Mur produced an episode on writing after depression (it was episode 368, definitely worth a listen if you’re in the same […]

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Support Shriekfest!

Back in 2003 I was coming back to creative pursuits after a long absence. I had a run on screenplay contests that year, beginning with being a finalist in the Shriekfest Film Festival. If you’re not familiar with Shriekfest, it’s a horror/scifi/fantasy/thriller film festival – LA’s longest running festival of its kind. Since succeeding Shriekfest […]

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Have Pride in Your Work

A while back I used to teach college level English classes. Several were introductory level courses – how to write a college research paper. Every class had a few people who would ask “does spelling count?” My reply then – and my reply now, whether you’re still in class learning the ropes or writing or […]

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Is This Worth Writing?

In several writing groups I follow I see writers of all levels pinging the group asking whether a given concept would be worth writing. I think the basic advice is obvious – sit your ass down and write something, then worry about marketing it. The more I see this question come up the more I […]

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